Many environments and societies are still degraded, and need more than sustaining - they need regenerating.
Projects worldwide demonstrating environmental and social regeneration can apply for the Lush Spring Prize, awarded by Lush cosmetics and the Ethical Consumer Research Association.
The prize celebrates projects that increase the capacity of communities and societies to thrive in harmony with nature and each other, build health and resilient ecosystems and livelihoods.
Last year's winners included a permaculture project in Zimbabwe, a regeneration project involving migrants in Granada, an organisation set up to monitor mining in Romania and a group lobbying in favour of small scale agro-ecological farmers around the world.
The 2018 Spring Prize will award prizes in the following categories: Intentional projects (£10,000) for four great ideas in the early stages; Young projects (£20,000) for three projects 1-5 years old seeking to grow; Established projects (£25,000) for two beacons demonstrating success and withstanding the test of time; and the Influence award (£25,000) for two campaigns influencing policy or public opinion in support of regeneration.
Judges include Andy Goldring, chief executive of the Permaculture Association, Filipa Pimental from the Transition Network and Pandora Thomas, founder of the Black Permaculture Network.
Catherine Early is a freelance environmental journalist and the former deputy editor of the environmentalist. She can be found tweeting at @Cat_Early76.